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or just a nice cushy pillow to curl up with… heads up Horchow, I see a new product coming your way!
… anything done well is quite a luxury...
so when it is referring to sustainable products done well they must meet certain standards to catch my attention. If you have read my blog before you will know that I am a proponent of green design done well...
There are a lot of eco-friendly products on the market… especially compared to what was available just a few years ago. This change has been brought about by market demands and product awareness by consumers. The demands have broadened the production capabilities for such products and provide the product designers the support system that is needed for production of their creative visions.
Even with the increased supply and selection of sustainable products, the vast majority of products labeled green or sustainable (and I referring to the home furnishings end of it here) quite frankly don’t impress me. Embellishing instant oatmeal with toppings may work for breakfast… but not for interior design.
Edward Ferrell has created a collection of sustainable
furnishings that one would be hard pressed to recognize as such when comparing to much of the conventional green furnishings… meaning… they are absolutely gorgeous!
I can’t think of a better way to spend a third of my life than wrapped between layers of sumptuous cashmere sheets!
Few things are as luxurious as cashmere… so one of the ultimate indulgences has to be bed linens made from 100% cashmere. Can you even imagine! Well, for those that want to self indulge, or are looking for a gift for the person that has everything… and money is insignificant… then Manrico may have the perfect selection for you. But if you must ask… a king sized set including duvet cover will be approximately $7500.00 .
MANRICO is an Italian Company founded in 1993 specializing in the manufacturing of cashmere. In 2007, after four years of research, MANRICO invented and patented the ultimate product in this industry…
This incredible result was achieved by perfecting the balance between the nature of cashmere and the technology through innovations.
The Cashmere Bed Sheets will change your perception of a good night sleep. You will feel the best performance of this material: thermo-regulating, it warms you up when it is cold; it keeps you cool when it is hot and humid. The softness…the lightness… all that plus they are machine washable and dryable.
There is a choice of over 200 colours, many combinations of design with any personalization or special request.
Many things in nature hold a negative charge, and humans living close to nature are accustomed to being surrounded by a negative charge in the air, or Negative Ions. Inside today's modern homes and offices there are computers, electrical appliances, electric cords, LEDs and synthetic plastic products (which includes most modern wall coverings like latex paint), all of which produce and maintain a positive charge in the air. Normal ion count in fresh country air is 2,000 to 4,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. At Yosemite Falls, you'll experience over 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. On the other hand, the level is far below 600 per cubic centimeter in an average home, and in a windowless office with computers it can be zero.
Natural clay maintains an incredibly dense molecular structure and shape, giving it the capacity to produce a self-generated negative charge upon hydration. Even the simple evaporation of water from clay has the capacity to produce negatively charged particles in the air. This means that when your walls breathe, or hydrate slightly with changes in humidity and slowly dry out, your interior space is being steeped in negative ions.
Negative ions are proven to produce positive biochemical reactions in humans. A negative charge in a space acts on our capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen, causing us to have more energy and feel invigorated. Negative ions also have been proven to increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our feelings of well being.
Surrounding your interior environment with unsealed clay plasters, or clay paints, that produce Negative Ions will not only help neutralize the electromagnetic effect created by computers, appliances and synthetic plastics, but also will help eliminate static charge on walls. Your walls stay clean and will not attract dust! Also, by having clay plaster on a wall, you are helping to filter air of pollen and dander. The negative charge emitted by clay causes particulates in the air to clump together and literally fall to the floor where they can be vacuumed up.
The capacity of clay plaster to "breathe" and release negative ions is unique and not found in any other wall covering on the market today. Concrete, Gypsum, Marble, Lime, and decorative acrylic plasters do not release negative ions, breathe with changes in humidity, or resist dust. American Clay is unique in its ability to literally alter a space for the benefit of those inhabiting it!
The world's first and only towel line to be certified "Cradle to Cradle". Each towel is made from biodegradable ingredients, right down to the label, yarn and thread. True sustainability, not just organic! "Cradle to Cradle" certification assures that the materials utilized in fabricating the towel will biodegrade naturally. Also, the manufacturing processes are environmentally friendly.
• 100% Supima extra long staple cotton.
• 20% combed yarn.
• 100% natural and ecologically correct manufacturing.
• Patented Hi-Tech spinning method provides yarn as soft
• Optimum absorbency. Dimensional stability. Color fast.
A designer with a pragmatic respect and support for eco-friendly, sustainable living and design through entrepreneurial creativity and market demands from the private sector.